Local Events in San Pedro, Belize

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The Lions Club of San Pedro relies on income from its Friday and Saturday Night Bar B Q's to support the Lions Medical Clinic. Help a good cause - have dinner at the Lions Den!

Recent News, latest Belize news...

Island Life, Tia Chocolate, Writings about Ambergris Caye. Short stories, anecdotes, Life.....

Mervin's Hole in the Wall, Mervin Key, Writings about old time Ambergris Caye

RE: Energy policy in Belize, There are plenty of studies out there. Below I name a few which might be of interest:

UNDP Belize (2009): Belize and Climate Change: The Cost of Inaction

Page 34 talks about the Belize energy sector.

Another one, Waight & Associates (2008) already three years ago recommended that Belize should develop and implement a National Energy Policy (p 27):

The Organization of American States explored the problem of sustainable energy policies for other countries in the region back in 2007:

Coastal Capital: Belize The Economic Contribution of Belize’s Coral Reefs and Mangroves
Coastal and marine ecosystems provide vitally important goods and services to Belize. The country’s coral reefs and mangrove-lined coasts provide critical protection against erosion and wave-induced damages from tropical storms.

Provisional Report on the Belize 2011 Wildfires
Here's a report from Jan Meerman quantifying the amount of forest fire in Belize this year. Apparently the extra heat and the dry fuel torn down from Hurricane Richard made the situation much worse.

Belize Environment Outlook, GEO Belize 2010
This is an extremely informative document about everything from agriculture to fisheries to water to mangroves/corals, aquaculture, etc.

Belize 2010 Population and Housing Census: .PDF

IMF review of the Belize economy, January 2011: .PDF

Statistical Abstract for Belize, 2009: PDF The Abstract of Statistics is an annual publication that presents a wide range of statistics and other information on Belize. It is an invaluable source of information about a great many subjects, including population, health, education, unemployment, agriculture, inflation and the environment.

Sportfish Conservation Plan for Belize - The final report on The Conservation Plan for Sport Fish in Belize

CZM are planning a consultation the 13th of April, 2010, 6:30pm at the Lions Den on the revised Master plan. Here is a copy of their last revision from February, so people have a chance to look at it...

The Belize Ethnobotany Project: Safeguarding medicinal plants and traditional knowledge in Belize .PDF

Ethnobotanical and Floristic Research in Belize: Accomplishments, Challenges and Lessons Learned: .PDF

Forest Cover and Deforestation in Belize, 1980 - 2010: .PDF

Reef Currents, Newsletter for the Northern Marine Reserve Management Unit

Why I Love Belize, Writing contest

Belize Blogs

Click here Effects of Oil Pollution on Coral Reef Communities

Click here for information on "Guidelines for good exterior lighting plans"

Belize: 2009 Article IV Consultation—Staff Report; Public Information Notice on the Executive Board Discussion; and Statement by the Executive Director for Belize. Click here for the plan.

Click here for information on the Growth Diagnostics of Belize

Click here for information on the Ambergris Caye Local Building Authority ( ACLBA) Impact Fee Schedule (Permit Fees)

Click here for the Master Plan for Ambergris Caye, Prepared by The Ambergris Planning Authority January 28. 1992.

Click here for Rambles around Belize, 2008, by Lan Sluder.

Click here for the eBook version of San Pedro Cool, the Guide to Ambergris Caye, by Lan Sluder. It's 192 pages of information on San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Belize's other islands.

Click here for a colorful two page (166k) Adobe Acrobat brochure on the island.

Click here for a report on the impact of climate change on sea turtles

Click here for information on the Pelican Cayes, a hotspot of biodiversity and destruction in the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve World Heritage Site

Click here for information on bird migrations in Belize

Click here for a report on cruise ships in Belize (1.7mb download)

Click here for the EIU report on Belize from October 2007

Click here for the 2007-2008 Budget Presentation for Belize

Photos of the Calendar Girls signing party, 2005

Tati John Grief's funeral

Belizean flavored electronic greeting cards

Music in San Pedro, 1, 2, 3

Here's the old guestbook before we retired it

Pictures of a trip to Havana

Dulce Wolfe's cookbook!

Articles on plant and animal life on the Belizean reefs.

Popol Vuh, Mayan Religious Document

For more general information on Belize, click here.

Click here for information and press releases from the Town Council.

For a review of the events of 2001 in San Pedro, click here

Click here for THINGS TO DO!

The Gran Circo Chino, from Guatemala, all Chinese acrobats/performers put on quite a show May 17, 18, 19, 2002. Click here for photos...

Rosaleen Duffy has written a new book about Belize. A Trip Too Far: Ecotourism, Politics and Exploitation (Paperback). Back in 2000, she wrote an excellent paper called Shadow players: ecotourism, development, corruption and state politics in Belize
Third World Quarterly, Vol 21, No 3, pp 549ń 565, 2000
This article examines the way that developing societies have been increasingly incorporated into global networks, and the effect that this has had on the states themselves. The notion of a shadow state is used here to inform the ways that the state has been modified by the global networks represented by ecotourism development on the one hand and drug trafficking (and associated offshore banking sectors) on the other. Belize provides an excellent example of the way that these NorthńSouth linkages, in the form of global networks, undermine the ability of states to enforce regulations in offshore banking, drug trafficking and environmental protection that are demanded of the South by the North.

A Lesson In Observation Under The Belmoral - Click for a li'l lesson on Belizean culture...

San Pedro is graced, by many forms of entertainment on a daily basis. This week of though, we are most fortunate-to be entertained by comedic magician Fortunato! Click here for more...

What's New? -Island Information Center

San Pedro Gets Ready For Hurricane Threats, click here!

For our photo gallery, click here!

For a review of the events of 1999 in San Pedro, click here

For Kevin Gonzales' column "Tourism Talk" click here. Tourism Talk is written to both stimulate and better understand how San Pedro is affected by tourism, and how we can improve our services.

Better internet access is important to all Belizeans, click here for an important article on this written by Jorge Varela.

8 new parks for San Pedro- San Pedro is about to enjoy a full dose of new and renovated parks for the enjoyment of all.

Marco Gonzales Park will get a suspended bridge to cross visitors from the lake at the west to the site. There will be resting areas with palapas, garbage cans, and signs.

Mar De Tumbo Park will be much renovated from nothing to parking area, five palapas, barbecue facilities, trash bins and lighting.

Esmeralda Park (by the library) will boast several palapas, trash bins, barbecue facilities, lighting, a study area for elementary school children, and a permanent area for craft vendors.

Central Park will carry a giant size palapa with permanent counters, storage for ice and lots of landscaping. It will also boast good garbage bins, beach volleyball court, smaller round palapas, a jungle gym, a bell structure as was 25 years ago, more games, 2 dressing rooms for shows, 3 bathrooms, and covering over stage. The basketball court will be removed and re-located.

Boca Del Rio Park is now completely filled with sand and it will have new sea games, barbecue pits, a basketball concrete court, beach volleyball sand court, bleachers for sports, jungle gym and several palapas and at least one-bathroom. Proper lighting will make the complements to this park.

Paradise Park (new on lot in front of the cemetery) this park will have a brand new basketball concrete court to be combined for volleyball and tennis by seasons, lots of bleachers and good lighting. This park may serve for shows, pageants, etc., as it will be permanently enclosed with fence and a movable stage at hand.

Mangrove Park in the San Juan area will be a natural park where proper lighting and maintenance will be available.

San Pedrito Park will carry a jungle gym with games, lots of sand fill and good lighting. If more land is available, a sports court will be constructed.

Hon. Patty Arceo is happy and enthusiastic with this project which mill bring much happiness, relaxation and entertainment to the people of San Pedro. Some of these will be completed before the year is out and others will continue during the year 2000 as part of our new millenium accomplishments.

Shark Ray Alley annexed to Hol Chan- click for more information.

San Pedro made history on Tuesday, August 17th, 1999 when the first radio station on the island hit the airwaves. Mr. Eiden Salazar Jr. is the person responsible for giving San Pedro the prestige of having its first radio station, known as Radio Arecife or Reef Radio. This new enterprise transmits at 92.3 on your FM dial to several locations in the country. Radio Arecife operates daily from 6:00 am to midnight. The response from the public has been trememdous.

Nova Shrimp is building a hatchery on the island, click here for some of the difficulties we have been experiencing with their operation....

Want to view the Southern Cross constellation from San Pedro? Click here for information on when and where to look...

Wings of Hope, the non-profit air ambulance service, is again alive and well but moving to Belize City. Effective August 1999, Wings of Hope will be leaving San Pedro, but this time, it is only to relocate to Belize City, Pilot Elis Olsson explained. He, his wife Dudley (and daughters Lanier, 6 and Maja, 3) came to San Pedro on June 22, 1998 to take over as Field Directors for the Belize operation of Wings of Hope. Wings of Hope has operated with volunteer pilots in Belize since 1982. They operate through financial support from the Ministry of Health and private donations. The move will make the aircraft more centrally located to better serve the people of Belize. Wings of Hope can be contacted at 226-2097.

Celebrating 150 years of beautiful San Pedro- This year the San Pedro 150th Celebration Committee has made great efforts to push the San Pedro Day celebrations. Events leading to the 29th started at the beginning of this month. Click here for more information.

Lobster season opens- June 15th marked the opening of the 1998 lobster season. The Caribena Producers reported that 3,716 pounds of lobster have been delivered to the Co-op in the first two days - June 15th (2759 lbs.), June 16 (957 lbs.). The Co-op states that this is a decrease in the number of lobsters compared to last year. From June 15th to the 23rd of 1997 the Co-op reported that they had delivered over 9,000 pounds of lobsters to the National Co-op in Belize City.

Click here for an essay written by students of San Pedro High School, Form Three, focusing on a question posed to them in their English Language Texthook, 'What changes have you noticed in your immediate environment (your village or town) over the past few years. Are they permanent or, temporary? How do you respond to these changes, with joy or sadness?'

BTB Contributes to Ambergris Museum- The Belize Tourist Board recently donated $5000 to the Friends of Ambergris Museum and Cultural Center. The monies donated were to support and promote the works of the center in its mission to preserve and celebrate the heritage of Ambergris Caye. Click here to see the Ambergris Museum website.

As Mr. Kevin Gonzalez, Director of Tourism comments, "The Belize Tourist Board supports the initiatives of the Ambergris community in developing this museum and center because it compliments the destination's tourism product and will allow for quick access of information on the country and Ambergris in particular to visitors there. More importantly, It will allow the local community an opportunity to learn more about their history and culture and in so doing, it will provide for its preservation."

The tourism industry is of vital importance to Belize's economy and the Belize Tourist Board is committed to increasing the public's awareness of this vibrant and exciting industry.

For more information on the museum, kindly contact Mrs. Llian Lopez Paz of the Ambergris Histor cal Society at (026) 2298.

Norman Eiley's boat the Royal Piper is good for a lot of fun!

Dolphins Undefeated!- Click here for details in the San Pedro Sun

Lions Roar
World Lions Service Day success

October 8, is designated throughout the world as World Lions Service Day. On that day all clubs are asked to renew their commitment to Lionism by undertaking some community project.

Our club in San Pedro undertook the honourable task of building one complete classroom for the R.C. School. On Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the hammers and saws were busy at the R.C. School. From posts. to sill, to floor joists, to flooring. to studs, to wall siding - the job went on encouraged and energized by some soft drinks and chicken tacos provided by the lady auxiliaries. At the end of the day the job can be said to be 80% com names and acknowledgements will be made next week after the project is completed.
Click here for further information in the San Pedro Sun.

Here is some general information on hurricanes in Belize:
Historical Information, Hurricane Preparedness Guidelines, Safety Rules, Pet Protection, Assembling a Disaster Kit, and more.....
Old Town Council website

Amigos del Mar assists Lions - Changa and Melanie Paz of Amigos del Mar Dive Shop have donated 6 regulators to the San Pedro Lions Club. These regulators will be used to provide power for dental equipment when volunteer dentists come to Belize. The next group will be providing dentistry in San Pedro October 27, 28, 29 and 30. They will be providing dental services at the Lions Den, the High School and the RC Elementary School.

Dolphins crush Juventus- A great game at Ambergris Stadium! Click here for details in the San Pedro Sun

Incredible new exploration of the Great Blue Hole. The Cambrian Foundation successfully completed a study of the Blue Hole and its cave systems with high resolution video and the latest diving equipment. An unknown cave system called the Abyss by local fishermen was explored to a new Belizean underwater cave depth record of 485 FSW.
Click here for their press release dated Sept. 22, 1997.

Islanders affected by flu, measles and dengue-like symptoms- Many San Pedro children and adults have been suffering from the current outbreak of German measles, a miserable flu and what some say to be Dengue fever.

Unfortunately all three illnesses share some of the same symptoms high fever, headache, aching of the joints, pain in the eyes, exhaustion and a rurmy nose. Dengue fever carries these symptoms except for runny nose. The Public Health Clinic in San Pedro has been actively speaking to school children and is conducting a public awareness campaign with regard to eliminating standing water which the Aedes Egypti mosquito uses to lay eggs. Nurse Kelly of the Health Center has also been immunizing students against measles, mumps and rubella.

Dengue fever symptoms appear four to ten days after the bite of a mosquito. The illness is in two stages. After the third or fourth day the fever (sometimes as high as 106 degrees) goes away and the patient seems to recover; however, within a few days the temperature rises again and the pain returns. To date there have been cases of dengue "clinically" diagnosed. however, none have been confirmed through laboratory tests. There is no known cure for Dengue, however the disease is seldom fatal. All persons, especially infants and children with symptoms should see a doctor.

The spread of Dengue is prevented by destroying the mosquitos and eliminating the breeding grounds.

Rocky Point

The San Pedro Foundation is a non-profit organization engaged in charitable projects in San Pedro. You can help by donating- P.O. Box 40, San Pedro.

San Pedro Dolphins Football Club- Fundraiser bar-be-cue each Saturday (Noon) next to Belicolour and Post Office.

Belize Island Artist's invite you to join them every Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. for a morning or painting and drawing. Visitors to San Pedro welcome. For information call 2715.

San Pedro Health Center vlslts schools...

Measles,Mumps and Rubella campaign continues...

San Pedro Health Center personnel, over the last few months, have been vaccinating females from 10 to 35 years old in San Pedro to fight the spread and infection of measles, mumps and rubella.

On Friday, September 5th, Nurse Kelly visited the San Pedro High school and administered MMR vaccines to females students from first form to fourth form. On Friday, September l9th, she visited the San Pedro R.C. school to vaccinate females 10 years and older. After, Nurse Kelly plans to visit the other primary schools on the island. "It is important," she said, "that all females from age 10 to 35 be vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella. Each vaccine is 1/2 cc of the actual virus that is injected into the person. About two weeks later the person may suffer from fever, soar throat, swollen Iymph nodes and a rash. This reaction to the vaccine will last about 3 days."

Nurse Kelly would like to remind parents that they should also bring their children, boys and girls, from 1 to 5 years old to be vaccinated. The Health Center's opening hours are from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and I p.m. and 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Tuesday mornings it's prenatal care and in the afternoon pap smears are conducted. On Wednesdays it's new born clinic day and regular child health immunization. Remember, it's in your own best interest to make use ofthe facilities provided for you by the San Pedro Health Center.

Current event articles courtesy of:
The San Pedro Sun.

If you are sponsoring a local event and would like to publicize it on this page, please email us by clicking here. Any doctor or doctors who would like to be listed under medical information please contact me.

Emergency 911
Police 206-2022
Fire 226-2372
Medical Emergency (ACER) 226-3231
Emergency 911
Crimestoppers 800 922-TIPS
Town Board 226-2198

Post Office- 226-2250. Hours: M-Th 8-4:30, Fri. 'til 4:30.
SP Town Library Call: 206-2028
Hol Chan Marine Reserve- 226-2247
San Pedro Lions Club-2477.
Meets Ist & 3rd Sundays. Visiting Lions welcome.
San Pedro AA- Alcoholics Anonymous. Meeting information, call Natalie, 226-4464 or 226-2536.

Wings of Hope- Medical emergency air ambulance- 223-3292 or fax: 223-0549
Lions Health Clinic- 226-4052; emergencies 600-9071 or Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8am to 8pm; Sat., 8am - noon.
Los Pinos Clinic 602-6383 and 226-2686.
Dr. Lerida Rodriguez: 226-2197 or cell 620-1974.
San Pedro Chiropractic Clinic - 600-7119
Hyperbaric Chamber - 226-2851 Antonia Guerrero - 600-5475. Eleazar Portillo - 610-4560 or 226-3195.
San Pedro Polyclinic II - 226-2536. Dr. Zuniga: 670-8755
Ambergris Hopes Clinic - 226-2660, Emergencies: 606-2316 Email email@belize-project.com
US Embassy - 822-4011
Labour Office - 226-2700 (Open 8am - 5pm, Mon. - Fri.)
Canadian Consulate - 223-1060
Mexican Embassy - 223-0193
Guatemalan Embassy - 223-3150
Honduran Embassy - 224-5889
San Carlos Medical (MD & Dentist Services) - 7:30am - 9:00pm, 226-2918. San Pedro Tourist Information Center - Tel: 2903, 4044  Fax: 2938
Belize Tourist Board - 223-1910
Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) - 227-5717
San Pedro Tourist Guide Association - 226-2391

San Pedro Roman Catholic Church Sunday Mass: (English) 8am & 10am & Baptism: 11am; Spanish: 7pm; Mass or Communion Service every night at 7pm. Saturday evening: Anticipated Sunday Mass: 7p.m. Daily Masses 7am & 7pm.
Living Word Church - Service Sun. 10:45 a.m. Bible study Mon. 7:30 p.m. We do Christian charity work. 226- 2950.
Assembly of God Church on Angel Coral St. T-W-St.-Sn. at 7:30 p.m.
Lighthouse Christian Radio - 101.3 FM. 226-4673, Cor. Buccaneer & Pescador Drive.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Sunday Service: 9:30 am, Wednesday Scripture Study 7:00 pm. 17 Lagoon St. (between the bakery and the bridge).
San Pedro Community Church - meets Sundays at 10a.m. at the Ambergris Elementary School. All Are Welcome.

Other Groups
The Lions Club of San Pedro relies on income from its Friday and Saturday Night BBQ to support the needy community. Help a great cause -have dinner with us!
Green Reef - a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of sustainable use and conservation of Belize's marine and coastal resources. Email greenreef@btl.net.
Saga Society - A non-profit "humane society" to address the stray cat and dog population in San pedro. To donate or adopt a pet call 226-3266. E-Mail saga@btl.net.
The San Pedro Foundation - A non-profit organization engaged in charitable projects in San pedro. You can help by donating - PO Box 40, San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye.
CARE BELIZE - Children’s Specialist, San Pedro. 622-8200

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